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Enjoy Father's Day weekend with nearly 50 Classic Yacht Association motoryachts at Bell Harbor

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 05/13/17

Approximately 50 Classic Yacht Association - Pacific Northwest Fleet vessels, many of them built prior to World War II, will be on display and most will be open to visitors throughout Father’s Day weekend at the Classic Weekend event at Bell Harbor marina is Seattle. View full Press Release here or visit their website.


Boat owners may have to get new hull identification numbers

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 05/13/17

The Office of Homeland Security is asking some boat owners to get new hull identification numbers as part of their annual registration process.

New boats are already outfitted with the compliant hull identification numbers. You can find them on the back right hand side of the vessel.

But there are thousands of boat owners who need to get new hull identification numbers and you're not supposed to put your boat in the water until you have them.

Boaters with non-conforming numbers have to hassle getting new plates for their boats, and that will involve a trip to a trophy shop.

Worst of all, no one seems to know what's behind the new requirements for the hull identification numbers. If you register your boat in Washington, contact the Department of Licensing. View full story at


Grand theft boat: Scallywags roam Washington’s waters

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 05/13/17

The state is fifth in the nation for boat thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Florida had the most, followed by California, Texas and North Carolina.

Victims have only a 50 percent of chance of seeing their stolen vessels again. The top five types of stolen craft lead off with personal watercraft (the Jet Ski category), followed by runabout, utility, cruiser and sailboat. Many stolen boats are resold to unsuspecting consumers.

Before buying a boat, inspect it and review its paperwork. Make sure the Hull Identification Numbers all match. View full story at The Olympian...


Council approves $35K toward Gig Harbor Boat Shop marine railways project

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 05/13/17

The Gig Harbor Boat Shop launched a capital campaign in March to complete the marine railways project at Gig Harbor’s historic Eddon Boatyard.

A presentation at Monday’s City Council meeting from Ally Bujacich, community development director at Gig Harbor Boat Shop, outlined the project and highlighted the importance of the marine railways system to a working boatyard.

A marine railways system is used to pull boats from the water for repair or restoration and to return boats back to the water. The Eddon Boatyard marine railyways will consist of two carriages that slide along a rail powered by a refurbished 1945 electric winch.  View full story here at The News Tribune...


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Boat hits whale near Whidbey Island

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 04/30/17

A boat hit a whale near Whidbey Island as whale watching vessels packed with spectators witnessed the entire incident.

The whale was a gray whale. It is one that has been spotted for many years in Puget Sound. It was swimming with a couple of other whales when a boat drove right over it. Witnesses say he stopped for a few "moments," then continued. The whale may have been the well-known "Patch," first photographed in the Puget Sound in the 1990s. Source and video at KING 5


Boat three years in the making launched in Port Townsend

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 04/30/17

The 36-foot Sea Beast, a motor sailor designed and built at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding with the help of students and local businesses, hit the water for the first time Friday April 28th at the Boat Haven Marina. Full story and source: Peninsula Daily News


Boat sinks, 2 others damaged in blaze at Shilshole Bay Marina - (Seattle) April 8th, 2017

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 04/18/17

Officials say the three boats burst into flames just after 12 a.m. Two of the boats were damaged and a third boat sank.   Source: KOMO


LAKE WASHINGTON SHIP CANAL – Fremont & University Bridges Notice for April 22nd 2017

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 04/05/17

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Fremont Bridge (LLNR 18182), mile 2.6, and the University Bridge (LLNR 18235), mile 4.3, both crossing the Lake Washington Ship Canal in Seattle, WA.

This deviation accommodates the Brooks Trailhead 10K & 15K running event. This deviation allows the bridges to remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 0800 to 1015 on 22 Apr 17.

Vessels which do not require bridge openings may continue to transit beneath these bridges during the closure periods. The  bridge will be required to open, if needed, for vessels engaged in emergency response operations during this closure period. For additional information contact Ms. Barbara Rasaie at (425) 739-3700.


Capsized sailboat slams California pier

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 04/05/17

Beyond the NW: This is why skippers need to be aware of their surroundings and water conditions. This was completely avoidable.



Historic luxury yacht Olympus leaving Seattle after almost 70 years

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/23/17

The classic motor yacht M.V. Olympus which has been in the Pacific Northwest since 1942 has just been sold for an undisclosed price and will head out of Lake Union through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard for the last time on Feb. 26 as she heads to NY.

She will fuel up at Morrison's Fuel Dock on Lake Union around noon on Sunday. Boating enthusiasts may follow her up to the locks or view the lock passage in Ballard around 1:30pm.

View full story at: Puget Sound Business Journal.



‘Deadliest Catch’ host Mike Rowe opens up about Seattle-based crab boat lost in Bering Sea

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/18/17

SEATTLE — TV host Mike Rowe is opening up about his experience filming Deadliest Catch after being asked by fans why he hasn’t addressed the loss of a Seattle-based crab fishing boat in the Bering Sea.

Earlier this week, we told you that the crew of Deadliest Catch had posted on social media saying that their “thoughts and prayers go out to the crew members aboard the F/V Destination and their families.” 

View full story here at Q13 News.


Crews battle Bainbridge boat fire Monday

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/14/17

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Emergency crews battled a fire Monday afternoon on a sailboat off Rockaway Beach.

The person who was aboard the 40-foot vessel was taken off without injuries, according to the Bainbridge Island Fire Department.

Witnesses noticed smoke coming from the vessel at about 3:30 p.m. as it was getting underway near the mouth of Eagle Harbor. Crews had the flames under control by 5 p.m.

The fire's cause is unknown, according to Assistant Fire Chief Luke Carpenter.

Bainbridge Fire was assisted by Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department crews. Source: Kitsap Sun


Search ends for Bering Sea crabbing boat, crew of 6

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/14/17

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The search has been called off for the six veteran fishermen aboard a crabbing boat missing in the icy, turbulent Bering Sea.

The fishing vessel Destination went missing early Saturday after an emergency signal from a radio beacon registered to the ship. The signal originated from 2 miles off St. George, an island about 650 miles west of Kodiak Island.

The Coast Guard released a statement Monday night saying the search has been suspended, along with a video depicting search efforts and a message thanking civilian vessels for joining in the search. 

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the six crewmembers during this extremely difficult time,” said Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, commander of the Coast Guard 17th District. “The decision to suspend a search is always difficult and is made with great care and consideration.”  Source: CBS News


All American Marine lands contract to build large hybrid boat

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/14/17

BELLINGHAM - All American Marine has landed another large contract as the company gets closer to moving into its new waterfront facility.

The Bellingham boat builder announced a deal to build a 600-passenger, hybrid electric vessel for Red and White Fleet of San Francisco. The deal was signed during a recent Passenger Vessel Association Convention in Seattle. The contract is valued at nearly $7 million.

The vessel is expected to be completed by late spring 2018. This follows a September announcement inking a deal with Argosy Cruises of Seattle to build a 500-passenger tour boat. That project is expected to be completed this fall.

The 600-passenger vessel, which will be named Enhydra, is a milestone contract for the company in several ways. It will be the first vessel with the hybrid propulsion system built by the company, which includes lithium-ion batteries. According to All American Marine, it will be the largest lithium-ion hybrid vessel built in the U.S.  View full story at The Bellingham Herald.


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Discussion heated for Port of Port Townsend rate hikes

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/03/17

PORT TOWNSEND — More than 30 people turned out for a heated discussion on the Port of Port Townsend’s capital projects and the proposed rate hikes that are meant to help pay for them.

The port is proposing 10 percent to 16 percent rate increases for moorage, electricity and fees at port marinas to help pay for a long list of capital projects.

The hikes would be roughly a monthly increase of $27 to $43 per month — up to $61 for large boats.

Many at the Wednesday public workshop expressed concern over the affordability of the proposed increases.

View full story at Peninsula Daily News.


Sinking boat near Kingston to be hauled off soon

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/03/17

KINGSTON – The Olympic, the historic fishing vessel languishing in Appletree Cove, has one more trip to make. The 58-foot vessel foundered in the cove in early December after it broke anchor and winds pushed it into shallow water.

The state Department of Natural Resources has launched an effort to clean up the boat through its Derelict Vessel Removal Program. The DNR is finalizing an approximately $50,000 contract to have the ...boat raised and hauled to Port Townsend, where it will eventually be destroyed, DVRP manager Troy Wood said.

"Unfortunately, due to restrictions in our program, we’re not able to move as quickly as (neighbors) would like," Wood said. "But we are moving."

Full story at Kitsap Sun.


Gig Harbor business owner purchases Alabama-based power boat manufacturer

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/02/17

Gig Harbor resident Joe Malich recently purchased the molds, equipment and other assets to manufacture the 26 Redline power boat from Harpersville, Alabama-based RPM Powerboats. He recently displayed the boat at the L.A. Boat Show. View full story here at The News Tribune.


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Sailboat captain, ‘pirate’ calls Coast Guard for help

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 01/25/17

Sailboat captain, ‘pirate’ calls Coast Guard for help in Port Townsend:

A self-proclaimed pirate found himself in an unusual circumstance Jan. 17 and summoned the U.S. Coast Guard for help with his vessel.

Gregory is a Seattle native who was drawn to Port Townsend six months ago, after participating in the past half-dozen Wooden Boat Festivals as a pirate.

“I’d been through storms before,” said Gregory, who noted that his boat’s anchor had held it in place, for the most part, until the morning of Jan. 17, when his GPS confirmed that the storm was dragging his boat to shore.

With 38 mph winds, a call went out to the U.S. Coast Guard based out of Port Angeles. A crew arrived roughly one hour after receiving the call and crew members were able to hitch onto Gregory’s sailboat, a Lord Nelson cutter class named the Free Spirit. Source and full story at PT Leader.


Ghost ship adrift for months ends up on Washington's Whidbey Island

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 01/25/17

CLINTON, Wash. - An apparently abandoned boat that had been reported adrift for months ended up on Whidbey Island in Washington.

Joe Smiley, of the state Department of Natural Resources, said crews are waiting for high tide to pull the boat off the beach.

He said the boat was reported floating around Port Townsend "a couple of months ago." That was the first report of the boat.

The fiberglass vessel, called Liberty, was built in 1980. It is 50 feet long and 12 feet wide. The 16-ton boat will be towed to Everett. Source and full story at KOMO News.


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